The epilogue offers a brief overview of the history of legal abortion from the early 1970s to the 2000s. If patients and abortion providers could discuss their experience with abortion in positive terms in the 1970s, by the 1980s anti-abortion activism had stigmatized abortion. The fetus had been redefined as a baby and abortion as murder. Patients and abortion providers lost the space to talk in positive terms about their abortion experience. Despite the stigma attached to abortion care, however, abortion providers continued to argue that providing abortion services was moral and patients asserted their right to choose abortion and articulated their sense of relief.
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